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Hammers’ right-back hunt

By Dave Langton

West Ham boss David Moyes is considering a swoop for a new right-back this summer having already been strongly linked with a Championship fukll back on that side .

The Hammers have just one dedicated senior option in the position in Vlad Coufal, with Ben Johnson seen as a utility player rather than a natural  in the position and Harrison Ashby still yet to truly break through.

Johnson was used at right-back,left-back and lefy wing back last season and was dropped at points, routinely going a few games on the bench.

As a result, Moyes is weighing up a move for a new full-back this summer amid links with Middlesbrough’s Isaiah Jones.

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It is not the top priority for the Hammers boss, who is well aware of the investment needed within the squad, and there is a hope that a deal will soon be tied up to sign Alphonse Areola permanently, while there is also likely to be an offer made for Armando Broja at Chelsea soon enough.

But the next item on his to-do list may well be to source a new right-back to provide both cover and competition, especially ahead of a new season that will include European football once again.

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About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

2 comments on “Hammers’ right-back hunt

  1. Dave pls stop posting this click bait rubbish, if we are going for a right back when we have an abundance of them, Johnson is a right back that can fill in at left back, Ashby is good enough as a reserve.

    If we buy a right back it’s an obvious panic buy or Coufal is being sold along with his mate.

    Every other club is doing business (bar Chelsea) yet we are dawdling as usual no one will be celebrating signing Areola he was a deal that was in the bag despite all the press rubbish and as he was our player already it hardly sends out a signal that we are serious about competing does it ?

    We need some marquee players not press stories we have had 1000’s of them during GSB’s reign

    • Abundance? Do you mean two with Ashby never having started and what happens if Johnson is required to cover on the other side. A very sensible piece – click bait? An expression you may have heard on Twitter but not seen here. If you don’t want to read press stories don’t but that’s actually why you are here as it’s what we do.

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